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Mindemae
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2010, 03:45:07 PM »

Yes, but you don't have heavily planted tanks either.  I think the plants absorb some of the nitrates and keep it at reasonable levels. Smiley
I never let the nitrates go above 40ppm.
Most of the time my nitrates are between 20-40.  Sometimes they are at 10ppm.
I don't think not changing the water if your parameters are ok is being lazy!  Being lazy is not even testing the water! OR testing the water and seeing parameters are off and NOT changing the water is lazy!:)  Anyway as far as nitrates, goldfish can tolerate quite higher levels than tropical fish and some of the more exotic goldfish are sensitive to water parameters that aren't exactly pristine.
I just think the more you fuss with the tanks the more you change the whole eco system.
That's good that you care so much about your fish and want them to live in splended conditions! Smiley
There are so many people who could care less! Undecided
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2010, 03:48:27 PM »

pappy-fish: That's the whole idea about frequent water changes! Cheesy Of course nitrates are to be avoided as much as possible Smiley
And 25-30 is a pretty good limit to stick to!
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #32 on: November 15, 2010, 04:49:33 PM »

Mindemae: I would love to have all sorts of plants in my tanks but I have fish that won't allow it. I'm really thinking about switching it back to gravel but they won't leave any plants alone. So what's the point of doing it. So I just use those glass vases so hopefully the plants will eventually grow and thrive. Smiley So for the meantime husband and I will haul buckets more often than we would like to. Sad
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #33 on: November 15, 2010, 04:52:47 PM »

Thanks Nossie and Mindemae Cheesy
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #34 on: November 15, 2010, 04:57:51 PM »

By the way, I'm using nitrate pads for my tanks so that should help right? Wink
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Mindemae
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #35 on: November 15, 2010, 05:20:32 PM »

Oh yeah I've used those when I had way over crowded tank last year with the pond fish! Roll Eyes
Those are great! Smiley  I used the one by API
Have you tried plant anchors?
They are a weighted disk and you slip the plant roots through the center.  (They are X'd in the middle)
Then bury the anchor with the plant into the gravel.
I know one thing I'd be way tired from all that water changing! whew!
Every 2-3 days!!! When would I just relax and enjoy my fish!! Cheesy
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #36 on: November 16, 2010, 01:26:10 AM »

Oh it might work if I have gravel in the tanks. Undecided


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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #37 on: November 16, 2010, 01:29:02 AM »

I enjoy my fish all the time especially after a stressful day at work. They're my relaxation/stress therapy aside from reading historical romance novels. Grin
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #38 on: November 16, 2010, 05:33:27 AM »

Thanks Nossie I'll change my water more often. :
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #39 on: November 16, 2010, 10:11:30 AM »

Yeah, I know what you mean about anti-stressor. Cheesy
And cheaper than a therapist! Grin
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2010, 10:26:36 AM »

Precisely  Wink
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #41 on: November 20, 2010, 07:59:17 PM »

whoa! So many posts!  Cheesy

Minde: you're right, water changes only once a month might be problematic!!!

I'll definitely do more water changes
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #42 on: November 21, 2010, 02:56:26 AM »

The brand of nitrate pads I'm using is by Aquazone Nitrate Reducer.
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This brand really works! Smiley
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #43 on: November 21, 2010, 11:46:35 AM »

cool, thanks pappy-fish!

I just did a water change - the goldies AND the tropical comunity tank fish are swimming around like crazy. Just one problem - this morning I found that my betta has velvet!!! Embarrassed
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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #44 on: January 12, 2011, 10:04:17 PM »

The use of chemicals or purchased nitrate removers are a waste of money and are typically much more expensive than the easier and much cheaper solution.  Just do more water changes.  clean water will reduce the nitrates... unless you have nitrates in the replacement water.

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Re: Silver and gold? What type?
« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2011, 03:48:38 PM »

I'm now at water changes every Saturday
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